Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya, 

As soon as your plants arrive at their new home please remove them from the packaging and give them a mist watering. Ensure that they are protected from extreme weather including harsh sun, frosts and wind to allow them to gently acclimatise to their new environment. Do not plant them until clement weather ensures they have time to bed in. Mulch and water well once planted. 

Plant Care

Many of the subtropical plants grow at high altitudes in a warm temperate subtropical climate. They do not need the true hot tropical climate of their countries' lowlands. 

 

Warm Microclimates can be created in our gardens by planting for shelter or using existing buildings, trellises, courtyards, fences or any sheltered niche facing the sun. Windcloth and plastic can be used to protect trees until established.

 

Most subtropicals prefer warmth, shelter, stillness, filtered light and free draining soil with plenty of moisture and organic material. the ideal situation would include a drip feed system. If your soil is heavy, plant on mounds, mulch and compost regularly. The mounded materials will provide warmth, nutrients, moisture, drainage and aeration.

 

By layering we reproduce as closely as possible the leaf litter and deep humus layer of the forest floor where fertility resides in the top few inches of soil. We hope this helps with the preparation and ongoing care of your subtropical plants. You will reap the rewards with the beautiful mouth watering fruits.